Maranatha Hosts Easter Concert and Dinner This Saturday!

This Saturday the Trinity Center will come alive with beautiful music celebrating the resurrection of Jesus!

The choir from Maranatha Brethren Church is bringing their Easter cantata to The Hope Center for all to enjoy!

Join us & Maranatha as we celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Christ this weekend. Following the concert, a delicious dinner will be served for everyone in attendance.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to experience the power of Easter presented in song! Bring your family, invite your friends, and tell your neighbors about this concert!

This free concert and dinner will take place at 7pm on Saturday, April 19th in the Trinity Center which is located next to our Hagerstown Thrift Store on the corner of Church & Walnut Streets. Parking for this event is located in our central lot off of Church Street.

For more information about the cantata or to learn more about Maranatha Brethren Church, please call 301.733.1717.

 

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Easter Bake Sale is Coming!

Our Ladies’ Auxiliary is hosting their annual Easter Bake Sale on Saturday, April 19th from 8:30am – 1pm at our Thrift Store in Hagerstown.

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Be sure to tell your family & friends and stop by for some delicious cakes, candies, pies, and cookies! These homemade treats & desserts are perfect for your Easter celebrations at church or home.

And remember, profits from the bake sale benefit the various ministries and programs at The Hope Center.

Also, if you’re interested in joining our Ladies’ Auxiliary or volunteering in other ways at The Hope Center, please visit http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com to get more info about the many ways you can join The Hope Center family!

 

Welcome Our New Store Manager, Nelson Clippinger!

Recently we said goodbye to AJ Imbach, our Thrift Store manager. As we were sad to see him leave, we were also wondering what God had in store for our ministry. We had been so excited about the arrival of AJ and all his fresh ideas for our thrift stores. But God quickly responded and brought a new manager to our thrift stores.

We are excited to welcome Nelson Clippinger to The Hope Center team!

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Nelson is not exactly brand new to this ministry though. While this is his first time being employed with us, a few years ago Nelson served on our Board of Directors.

Nelson and his wife Cindy live in Chambersburg, PA. A carpenter by trade, Nelson has also worked as an Estimator and Project Manager for several construction firms in the area. In addition to that, he was a manager at True Value store and has worked at several other stores in the area. He’s bringing a lot of experience to the Thrift Stores manager position at The Hope Center.

After being laid off from his last job, Nelson was in the process of looking for a new job when he came across The Hope Center ad for the Thrift Store manager position. After going through the application and interview process, and after much prayer, Nelson was happy to receive the job offer.

Having already served as a member of our Board, Nelson had a good understanding of this ministry. But now being a staff member has really given him the opportunity to see how God is truly working at this ministry. He says that this job has been a blessing to him personally and the opportunity to work with the staff has been a “rewarding experience both spiritually and mentally.”

Each morning before the Hagerstown Thrift Store opens, the staff has a time of prayer to start the day. Nelson said, “it is such a blessing to hear our resident and graduate workers pray. Truly their lives have been changed and I feel they touch all who enter the doors of the thrift store.”

We are so happy God brought Nelson to fill the void at the Thrift Stores. We are excited to see how he will use his experience to enhance both of our stores.

When shopping at our stores, take time to welcome Nelson to the team. And continue to pray for Nelson and the other staff at our Thrift Stores. Our stores are a very vital part of this ministry. Proceeds from the store sales help to fund all the many ministries and projects at The Hope Center. So many lives have been helped, transformed and touched because of people who have donated, shopped and worked at our Thrift Stores.

If you have gently used items that you would like to donate, please call 301.739.1165 to get more information about how you can give your things to help change lives in Hagerstown.

If you haven’t stopped by one of our two Thrift Stores lately, now’s the perfect time to do so! We hope to see you soon! Here are the addresses to both stores:

Hagerstown Thrift Store

Corner of Church and Walnut Streets (parking located in central lot off of Church Street)
Hagerstown, MD  21740
301-739-1114
Mon-Thurs 9AM-5PM
Fri-Sat 8:30AM-5PM

Chambersburg Thrift Store

64 S. Main Street
Chambersburg, PA  17201
717-264-9345
Mon-Sat 8:30AM-4:15PM

The Fun Never Ends at Wildside Youth Events

Wildside Youth has been having a blast in 2014 so far!
In January, Wildside kicked off the second half of their year with a new party celebrating America’s favorite game, football!
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The Football & Cheerleading party got everyone excited for the Super Bowl. The party had football-themed carnival games, art projects, great food and Wildside’s own version of the big game! In addition to all the sports fun & food, the kids also took some time from the action to learn about excellence and how God wants each of us to do our best in all that we do. Sixty kids, dressed in their favorite team jersey, attended this party and ten came forward at the altar call!
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 In February, Wildside hosted the second annual Valentine’s party. This party was celebrating love, true love, the love that Jesus gives. This was a great opportunity for the kids who attended to learn about the love that passes all understanding; to really get a chance to experience a genuine love that changes lives for eternity. The kids were given time to play Valentine’s themed carnival games, create Wildside Valentine’s cards and so much more.
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March was all about the green – clover green! Ireland invaded the Trinity Center to help celebrate St. Patrick’s day with Wildside’s Clover Bowl! This party celebrates the Irish culture and all things green. The kids who attended played games, ate delicious food, and learned about the man who this holiday is all about. The Crew, Wildside’s student leadership training program, put together a video detailing the life of Saint Patrick. In the video the kids learned about his capture, his slavery, escape, transition to a cleric, and his return to Ireland to spread the Gospel to the people of the Emerald Isle. Not only are the kids able to have fun playing games and being silly, they are also given the chance to learn the history behind our holidays and see how Christianity has been changing the world for thousands of years!
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Wildside Youth Ministry doesn’t just host big monthly event parties, they also have more intimate activities throughout the month.
Sunday Night Wild is Wildside’s weekly church service in the Wildside Sanctuary. And the kids attending Sunday Night Wild have been having a blast! In 2014, SNW celebrated it’s two-year birthday by having a big celebration. After the birthday celebration, SNW has been focusing on answering the question, “Who is Jesus?”. After that series concluded, SNW kicked off the series “Jesus our King”, complete with a celebration cake and paper crown art projects and an interactive, multimedia lesson.
As kids grow and mature in the program, some are hand-selected to join The Crew. This leadership training program meets once a week. Kids in The Crew learn valuable lessons about leadership while also helping Wildside Youth Ministries in various creative ways. Currently, The Crew has been working through a lesson series called “Camp Preparation”. This camp training program is covering topics about emotional, spiritual and behavioral maturity; learning how to be a good example to others; how to lead and care for a small group; conflict resolution; knowing and setting expectations; and the basics of our faith. All this training and education will hopefully help equip our student leaders how to serve at Camp Wild, be leaders at home and school, be servants at church & other ministries, and most importantly, how to grow their personal faith.
 
As you can see, Wildside has had a pretty exciting winter & spring. But there is still some great activities coming up! In April, Wildside celebrates Easter with the wildly popular Easter Fiesta party. This event, like all Wildside activities, is free for kids ages 5-12. If you’d like to get more info or sign-up any children for our Easter Fiesta, please call 301.739.1165 or email info@wildsideyouth.com. Also, be sure to check out http://www.wildsideyouth.com for more pics, videos and info about Wildside Youth Ministry.
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And now that spring has arrived, that means we are only a few short months away from Camp Wild 2014! This free summer day camp is open to kids ages 5-12. Camp Wild fills up quickly so be sure to get your kids registered for this fun summer program. Go to http://www.campwildusa.com to keep up-to-date on all things about our summer camp program. You can call 301.739.1165 or email info@wildsideyouth.com to get on a mailing list.
If you’re interested in volunteering at Wildside events, including Camp Wild, please call 301.739.1165, email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net or check out http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com to learn more about all the volunteer opportunities at The Hope Center.
Wildside Youth Ministries is one of the ministries sponsored by The Hope Center. When you donate financially or through in-kind gifts, you are helping to keep programs like Wildside Youth free for at-risk kids in the greater Hagerstown area. Thank you for your support of this ministry and all the other ministries at The Hope Center!
 

Local Youth Show Love Through Serving

Sometimes watching the news or reality TV, you get a sense of hopelessness for the future of this country. From all the profanity, to celebrated reckless behavior, to shows glamorizing disrespectful people, the youth of America seem to be heading down a very destructive path.

But once you turn the TV off and take a look around, it may not be as bad as you think. We have the pleasure of hosting youth groups full of volunteers throughout the year. These kids dedicate time out of their schedules to help others, not because they have to, rather, because they want to.

These kids often times do jobs and tasks that are way outside of their comfort zones and far from anything glamorous. But they do these jobs with a smile and a positive attitude that reminds you that with each new generation God has provided new leaders, compassionate young people, who are going to help change the world for Him.

During the month of February, we were able to host two different youth groups. One served at the beginning of the month and the other at the end. Both were a breath of fresh air.

Dublin Mills Community Church brought a group of 4 young people to spend a Saturday serving around The Hope Center. Accompanied by the church’s pastor, Sam Stoey and his wife, the young people worked from 9am until 2pm. During the morning, they helped paint the stairway to our dorm facilities in our main building. After painting, the youth group helped Mrs. Stoey prepare and serve lunch for our community guests at our daily soup line while Pastor Stoey shared a short devotional with our guests.

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Dublin Mills 10Dublin Mills Community Church has been a longtime supporter of The Hope Center in many ways. We are so thankful for their continued support, not just through prayer and financial support, but also by volunteering and helping physically.

Later in February, some teens from Antrim Brethren in Christ Church came to serve as a part of their 30 Hour Famine project. The group from Antrim BIC, lead by youth director, Brent Hey, consisted of 29 teens and 7 leaders.

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The volunteers from Antrim BIC were participating in World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine event which helps to raise funds for hungry children across the world by having young people fast for 30 hours as a collective group and take part in service projects, among other activities planned for the 30 hours. The youth group was not only learning the importance of helping people overseas, they were learning how to make a difference and reach out to people in their own backyard!

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DSC_0035While they were at The Hope Center, they helped in many different ways around our facilities: some washed baseboards and walls in our Transient waiting area, others cleaned our chapel, some cleaned carpets in the Wildside Youth department, a few helped in our Thrift Store, some cleaned chairs in the Trinity Center, washed windows throughout and organized donated personal care items and made personal care kits for transients.

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DSC_0043All these projects helped keep the kids busy but also helped us in a really big way! We are so thankful for the youth leaders and the teens who came from Antrim BIC to help serve.

Volunteering is such a great way to teach young people so many valuable life and spiritual lessons. It doesn’t matter about the size of the group, anyone can help make a difference in the lives of so many. These teens may not really think that what they did was very important but God can use simple things like a warm meal, a clean facility or a bag full of soap & shampoo to touch a life and change it for eternity.

The simple acts of kindness and love that were demonstrated by these two youth groups may not be fully recognized until we talk face to face with our Creator. It’s a mind-blowing thought to think that two hours of volunteer work can be the catalyst for a series of eternal events in the life of another human.

Again, we’re so thankful for these young people, and the many other young people who’ve helped in the past. There are so many distractions for teens today so it’s a wonderful sight to see such vibrant lives helping others.

If you’re in the process of looking for a church, why not check out one of these two churches? We value the strong relationship we have with Dublin Mills Community Church and Antrim BIC, as well as many other local churches who donate and volunteer regularly to help provide hope to Hagerstown and win lives for Christ.
For more information about Dublin Mills Community Church, including service times and youth group information, please call 814.685.3910. Dublin Mills Community Church is located at 2700 Dublin Mills Road, Hustontown, PA.
Antrim Brethren in Christ Church is located at 24 Kauffman Road E, Chambersburg, PA, just across from Mrs. Gibbles Restaurant off of Route 11 north of Greencastle. For more info or to talk to someone from the church, call 717.375.4658. Check out all the various ministries & programs at Antrim BIC along with service times at www.antrimbic.org.

Now Hiring! Urgent Need!

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We are in urgent need of a qualified person to drive our donation pick-up truck.

Our donation trucks operate from Monday-Saturday. Saturdays would be morning hours only but Monday-Friday would include hours into the afternoon.

Our donation vehicles are small box trucks so a special license is not required but a good driving record is.

Drivers for our donation trucks will work approximately 25-28 hours a week. If you are interested in this position but cannot work everyday, we would be willing to hire two men to divide the week. You would also have one of our Hope Center Life Recovery program men as a helper.

Our donation trucks play a vital role in providing necessary income to help keep our facilities and programs to the community operational. This is an urgent need so if you are interested or know someone who is, please contact us immediately! If you are a pastor, lead a small group or a Sunday School class, please pass this information along and help us get the word out to people in our community.

For more information, please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@Verizon.net. If you are interested in filling out an application, our administrative offices are open Monday-Friday, 8:30am until 5pm.

Hundreds Help Provide Haircuts for the Homeless

Thank you Hagerstown!

In February, Hair Cuttery locations offered their generous Share-A-Haircut promotion in our community. For two days, anyone who received a haircut at a participating Hair Cuttery location in Hagerstown helped to provide a free haircut for the homeless and those struggling in this economy.

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We were so happy to hear that the Share-A-Haircut was a huge success! Hair Cuttery has provided us with hundreds of coupons for men, women, teens and kids to receive complimentary haircuts at local Hair Cuttery shops.

Thank you for spreading the word, visiting a Hair Cuttery, and helping to provide a free haircut to the homeless and lower income families. This may sound like a silly thing, but a fresh haircut can be the start of bigger and better things for people who are struggling to get back on their feet.

The Share-A-Haircut program is such a valuable resource for our community. We are thankful that Hair Cuttery is so generous and thoughtful.

If you know of any homeless men, women or children, please contact our office immediately. We want to give everyone the opportunity for a fresh haircut and a new outlook on life! For more info please call 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@Verizon.net.

And when you need a haircut, don’t forget to visit a local Hair Cuttery. There are three convenient locations in Hagerstown. Go to www.haircuttery.com to find a location near you.